College Women's 4x800 Championship of America Invitational

Event 484Saturday 4:10 PM
Presented by Independence Blue Cross
NR Villanova 8:17.45 2013 Kelsey Margey (2:07.04), Angel Piccirillo (2:04.12), Nicky Akande (2:04.04), Emily Lipari (2:02.25)
AR Team USA 8:01.58 2014 Chanelle Price (2:01.0), Geena Lara (2:02.8), Ajee Wilson (1:59.1), Brenda Martinez (1:58.7)
PR Villanova 8:17.45 2013 Kelsey Margey (2:07.04), Angel Piccirillo (2:04.12), Nicky Akande (2:04.04), Emily Lipari (2:02.25)
FF Villanova 8:17.45 2013 Kelsey Margey (2:07.04), Angel Piccirillo (2:04.12), Nicky Akande (2:04.04), Emily Lipari (2:02.25)

Start List

ID School/Affiliation
AA Villanova
AB Georgetown
AC Stanford
AD Harvard
AE Columbia
AF Florida State
AG Indiana
AH Dartmouth
AI Penn
AJ Princeton
AK UConn
AL Monmouth
AM Fordham
AN Maryland
AO Clemson
AP Cornell
AQ Penn State
AR Georgia Tech
AT Iona
AU Albany
AV James Madison
AW Yale
AY Richmond
AZ St. John's
BA Winston-Salem
BB La Salle
BC Manhattan
BD South Carolina
BE Hampton
BF Applachian State
BG Wagner
BH Rider
BI N.C.-Wilmington
BJ Radford
BK St. Joseph's PA
BL East Carolina
BM Rowan
BN Rutgers
BO Adelphi
BP Marist
Race Preview The Stanford women roll into town for this year’s Penn Relays with a chance to sweep all three women’s distance relay races, just as hometown Villanova did a year ago when Emily Lipari was the Wildcats’ star anchor. The 121st edition of the Relay Carnival will be held Thursday through Saturday April 23-25 at Franklin Field on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia.

The Cardinal, coached by Chris Miltenberg, who formerly coached at Georgetown and Columbia, are led by two freshman stars, Elise Cranny of Colorado and Olivia Baker of New Jersey. Baker is well-known at the Relays for two brilliant anchor legs in the high school girls’ 4x8 the past two seasons, for which she was named athlete of the meet both years. For Cranny, an excellent miler, it is her Relays debut.

Cranny was 4th in the World Juniors 1,500 last summer and runnerup in the NCAA indoor 3,000 this winter. She also anchored the Cardinal to 2nd place in the indoor DMR. Cranny (4:10 1500 best) is joined by Rebecca Mehra (4:17), Jessica Tonn (4:18) and Claudia Saunders (4:21) in the 4x1500 and by Tonn, Baker (2:06) and Saunders (2:02) in the DMR. Saunders and Baker will also run the 4x8. Stanford must do with two of last year’s stars, Amy Weissenbach and Aisling Cuffe, neither of whom is available this season.

Stanford’s biggest challenges are likely to come from the Big East powers Georgetown and Villanova.

‘Nova must do without Lipari, who graduated, but they return Kelsey Margey, Angel Piccirillo and Stephanie Schappert, all of whom won watches a year ago. A year ago Villanova won the 4x8 by a second over Oregon, the DMR by three-tenths over Stanford and the 4x15 by two-tenths, again over Stanford, as Cuffe was outkicked twice by Lipari.

For Villanova it was its third consecutive title in the DMR and second straight in the 4x8. Stanford won the 4x15 three years in a row, 2004 through 2006, and last won the 4x8 in ’05.

Georgetown, third a year ago in both the 4x8 and DMR, returns Sabrina Southerland, Becca Deloache and Katrina Coogan.

Other contenders include Duke, Harvard, UConn and Dartmouth.

As for a sweep of the women’s distance relay races, only Villanova (five times) and North Carolina (in 2003) have done it.


Event History

Relays Top 10
8:17.45 Villanova 2013
8:17.62 Oregon 2013
8:17.91 Tennessee 2009
8:18.22 Tennessee 2010
8:18.78 Michigan 2007
8:19.43 LSU 2013
8:19.77 LSU 2010
8:20.22 Tennessee 1984
8:20.66 Villanova 1984
8:21.13 Tennessee 2004
Recent Champions
2014 Villanova 8:21.49
2013 Villanova 8:17.45
2012 Oregon 8:24.16
2011 Duke 8:25.95
2010 Tennessee 8:18.22
2009 Tennessee 8:17.91
2008 LSU 8:30.98
2007 Michigan 8:18.78
2006 Texas 8:31.60
2005 Stanford 8:32.02
Most Victories
11 Villanova
7 Tennessee
4 Florida
3 Georgetown

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